Putin says communism is like Christianity and Lenin’s body a saint’s relic

Vladimir Putin

 

Analysis & Opinion

For a documentary film on the Valaam monastery, Vladimir Putin says that communism at the ideological level is “in fact” very similar to Christianity and that the veneration of Lenin’s body in the mausoleum on Red Square resembles the veneration of the remains of Christian saints by believers.

“Communist ideology is very much like Christianity in fact,” the Kremlin leader says. “Freedom, brotherhood, equality and justice all this is at the core of the Holy Scriptures. And what is the code of the builder of communism? This is sublimation and a primitive extract from the Bible. Nothing new was invented.”

And as for Lenin’s body in the mausoleum, Putin asks, “How is this different from from the relics of saints for Orthodox or simply for Christians. I’m told: ‘No, in the Christian world, there is no such tradition. But isn’t there? Go to Mount Athos and look at the holy relics there and even here are the relics of Sergiy and German.”

On the one hand, Putin’s remarks are nothing but the latest iteration of the view, widespread among many, that communism from beginning was a modernized and secularized version of Christianity. Some, for example, have even referred to Karl Marx as “the last great Catholic priest.”

But on the other and more seriously, they are part and parcel of Putin’s efforts to overcome divisions in Russian history by presenting the two sides of many conflicts, in this case between the faithful and the Soviet dictatorship, as in fact simply two facets of one and the same thing, trivializing fundamental differences in the name of promoting political unity.

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Edited by: A. N.

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  • zorbatheturk

    Putin belongs in a jail cell.

    • Oknemfrod

      Not really. A tight noose round his short neck suits him much better.

      • Eddy Verhaeghe

        I agree. But I prefer him first to visit the Hague, then being sent back to Russia to serve his sentence and then being hanged by his own people on Lubyanka Square…

        • Oknemfrod

          A fine plan. No objections.

          • veth

            After drinking his favorite tea blend: polonium

      • zorbatheturk

        Cannot disagree.

    • veth

      After an encounter with 6 bullets in his head……………….

      • zorbatheturk

        Amen.

    • RedSquareMaidan

      Putin has demonstrated he doesn’t understand Democracy or how to manage an economy and now he demonstrates he doesn’t understand religion. How on earth did this little KGB zit get in office?!

      • Eddy Verhaeghe

        Because he doesn’t understand democracy, doesn’t know how to manage an economy and doesn’t understand religion 😉

      • veth

        Lavrov: Russia respect the present borders of Ukraine….minus Crimea, minus Donbass et c etc

      • zorbatheturk

        He was promoted above his pay grade by Boris Yeltsin.

  • Scradje

    Lenin was demonically evil. No wonder the chekist rodent reveres him.

    • Ihor Dawydiak

      Putin the Pompous Pederast also reveres Mugabe, Pol Pot, Mao Tse-Dung, Stalin, Hitler, Napoleon, Kublai and Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, Caligula, Nero and almost every other despot that has disgraced humanity. However, there is one individual that stands above all others. Himself. Truly a fatuous narcissist to the nth degree.

      • Scradje

        One might speculate that he could be the result of one of Josef Mengele’s sick experiments. In this case the result of blending the dna’s of hitler and a snake.

  • Oknemfrod

    “Communism is like Christianity”.

    Yeah. That must be why Communists, especially under direct Lenin’s guidance, killed Christian clergy by hundreds of thousands, destroyed Christian churches and/or turned them into warehouses to store produce.

  • focusser

    Under the doctrine of state atheism in the Soviet Union, there was a “government-sponsored program of forced conversion to atheism” conducted by Communists.

  • veth

    Russians have no religion.

  • veth
  • Turtler

    Good to know. I’ll probably be able to use this anytime one of the useful idiots tries to say something about Putin being Anti-Communism, or some kind of great beacon for Christian leadership……. what a joke.